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Miguel Jontel Pimentel, born October 23, 1985, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He was inspired by older R&B that he was introduced to by his mother, and funk, hip hop, jazz, and classic rock in which his father enjoyed.
Miguel was born and raised in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. He is one of two sons of a Mexican American father and an African American mother, but they divorced when Miguel was eight years old.
Miguel signed a production deal with Drop Squad in 2000. In 2004, he auditioned to be a part of the group Fatty Koo, but their label, Columbia Records, chose someone else to fill the vacancy. Later in 2004, Miguel was signed by the independent record label Black Ice and started working on his studio album, Young & Free, which was unfortunately shelved and never released.
After deciding to change his sound and image, Miguel stepped down from Black Ice Records. After eventually signing with Jive Records, Miguel released his debut album All I Want is You, but was sued by Black Ice for breach of contract. Consequently, the album’s debut was delayed, but served to put Miguel on the spotlight as an upcoming R&B artist with major potential.
All I Want is You (2010) - Although the album sold poorly at first, the release of subsequent singles helped the album become the sleeper hit on the Billboard 200 by 2012. Overall, critical reviews were generally positive: although some found the music to be inconsistent at times, Miguel’s singing and songwriting techniques were compared to that of Prince multiple times. The album included a feature from J. Cole on “All I Want is You”, and the most popular song on the album was the single “Sure Thing”. At its peak in 2011, the album hit number nine on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number 37 on Billboard’s Top 200. Additionally, the album went certified platinum by the RIAA.
Kaleidoscope Dream (2012) - After the success of his first album, All I Want is You, Miguel wanted to play a larger creative role in his music and principally produced Kaleidoscope Dream, which draws upon R&B, funk, pop, rock, soul, electronic, and psychedelic music. The album received great reviews, and was cited for its fluid and dreamscape type environment that the music creates. At its peak, the album reached the number three spot on the American Albums Chart, number one on the American R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, and went certified platinum by the RIAA.
Wildheart (2015) - Compared to his previous albums, Wildheart strays further away from R&B and incorporates much more rock, new wave, and lyrics that explore morality, normalcy, and sexuality. The album was a huge success for Miguel: the album charted at number two on the Billboard Top 200 and earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Features on the album included the rappers Kurupt on “NWA” and Lenny Kravitz on “Face the Sun”.
War & Leisure (2017) - The album received widespread critical acclaim, where critics praised that Miguels style are very versatile, making the record’s music daring yet effective. At its peak, the album charted at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number 9 on the Billboard Top 200. Compared to previous projects, War & Leisure included a wide variety of features from artists such as Rick Ross, Travis Scott, Quin, Kali Uchis, J. Cole, and Salaam Remi.
Miguel is set to begin touring on August 23 with a kickoff show at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts. He is set to top in major cities such as Brooklyn, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Vancouver before concluding on September 28 in Seattle, Washington.